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The Golden Globe Nominations Announced Today!

Posted by Jesse on December 11, 2008

This morning at 8 AM, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, along with its four celebrity presenters (Brooke Shields, Rainn Wilson, Elizabeth Banks and Terrence Howard) announced the nominees for the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

The nominees are as follows:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Eileen Atkins / “Cranford”
  • Laura Dern / Recount
  • Melissa George / “In Treatment”
  • Rachel Griffiths / “Brothers & Sisters”
  • Dianne Wiest / “In Treatment”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in  a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Neil Patrick Harris / “How I Met Your Mother”
  • Denis Leary / Recount
  • Jeremy Piven / “Entourage”
  • Blair Underwood / “In Treatment”
  • Tom Wilkinson / “John Adams”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

  • Sally Field / “Brothers & Sisters”
  • Mariska Hargitay / “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
  • January Jones / “Mad Men”
  • Anna Paquin / “True Blood”
  • Kyra Sedgwick / “The Closer”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

  • Gabriel Byrne / “In Treatment”
  • Michael C. Hall / “Dexter”
  • Jon Hamm / “Mad Men”
  • Hugh Laurie / “House M.D.”
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers / “The Tudors”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy/Musical

  • Christina Applegate / “Samantha Who?”
  • America Ferrera / “Ugly Betty”
  • Tina Fey / “30 Rock”
  • Debra Messing / “The Starter Wife”
  • Mary-Louise Parker / “Weeds”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy/Musical

  • Alec Baldwin / “30 Rock”
  • Steve Carell / “The Office”
  • Kevin Connolly / “Entourage”
  • David Duchovny / “Californication”
  • Tony Shalhoub / “Monk”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Judi Dench / “Cranford”
  • Catherine Keener / An American Crime
  • Laura Linney / “John Adams”
  • Shirley MacLaine / Coco Chanel
  • Susan Sarandon / Bernard and Doris

Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Ralph Fiennes / Bernard and Doris
  • Paul Giamatti / “John Adams”
  • Kevin Spacey / Recount
  • Kiefer Sutherland / 24: Redemption
  • Tom Wilkinson / Recount

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Bernard and Doris
  • “Cranford”
  • “John Adams”
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • Recount

Best Television Series – Comedy/Musical

  • “Californication”
  • “Entourage”
  • “The Office”
  • “30 Rock”
  • “Weeds”

Best Television Series – Drama

  • “Dexter”
  • “House M.D.”
  • “In Treatment”
  • “Mad Men”
  • “True Blood”

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
  • Maria Larssons eviga ogonblick
  • Gomorra
  • Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I’ve Loved You So Long)
  • Waltz with Bashir

Best Animated Film

  • Bolt
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • WALL-E

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • Clint Eastwood / Changeling
  • Alexandre Desplat / The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • James Newton Howard / Defiance
  • Hans  Zimmer / Frost/Nixon
  • A.R. Rahman / Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “I Thought I Lost You” / Bolt
  • “Once in a Lifetime” / Cadillac  Records
  • “Gran Torino” / Gran Torino
  • “Down to Earth” / WALL-E
  • “The Wrestler” / The Wrestler

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Eric Roth, Robin Swicord / The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • John Patrick Shanley / Doubt
  • Peter Morgan / Frost/Nixon
  • David Hare / The Reader
  • Simon Beaufoy / Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Danny Boyle / Slumdog Millionaire
  • Stephen Daldry / The Reader
  • David Fincher / The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Ron Howard / Frost/Nixon
  • Sam Mendes / Revolutionary Road

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Amy Adams / Doubt
  • Penelope Cruz / Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Viola Davis / Doubt
  • Marisa Tomei / The Wrestler
  • Kate Winslet / The Reader

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Tom Cruise / Tropic Thunder
  • Robert Downey Jr. / Tropic Thunder
  • Ralph Fiennes / The Duchess
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman / Doubt
  • Heath Ledger / The Dark Knight

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical

  • Rebecca Hall / Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Sally Hawkins / Happy-Go-Lucky
  • Frances McDormand / Burn After Reading
  • Meryl Streep / Mamma Mia!
  • Emma Thompson / Last Chance Harvey

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical

  • Javier Bardem / Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Colin Farrell / In Bruges
  • James Franco / The Pineapple Express
  • Brendan Gleeson / In Bruges
  • Dustin Hoffman / Last Chance Harvey

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Anne Hathaway / Rachel Getting Married
  • Angelina Jolie / Changeling
  • Meryl Streep / Doubt
  • Kristin Scott Thomas / Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I’ve Loved You So Long)
  • Kate Winslet / Revolutionary Road

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Leonardo DiCaprio / Revolutionary Road
  • Frank Langella / Frost/Nixon
  • Sean Penn / Milk
  • Brad Pitt / The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Mickey Rourke / The Wrestler

Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical

  • Burn After Reading
  • Happy-Go-Lucky
  • In Bruges
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Frost/Nixon
  • The Reader
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Slumdog Millionaire

And those are the nominations.

I think there were many snubs and many inclusions which are definitely not deserved.

But then again, the Golden Globes are all about star-power and who they can reel onto the red carpet. So I can’t say I’m surprised.

I will have more to say about the nominations later today.

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